MEXICO – A second recent Mountain Valley High School graduate has stepped forward to become a write-in candidate for a seat on the SAD 43 board.

Amy Bernard, 23, has decided that her background in government and experience working for other candidates would be a benefit to the school board.

“The school board is important to our community. Being as young as I am, I have a generalized understanding of the challenges facing students and teachers,” she said.

Bernard graduated from MVHS in 1998, then from the University of Maine at Farmington in December 2002 with a degree in history and political science. She currently serves as a youth worker for Rumford Group Homes in Dixfield.

Her past experience includes working as an intern for Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, in his run for congressman from the 2nd District last fall, and for David Costello who ran for that congressional seat during last year’s June primaries.

“I’m willing to try and learn and see how this works out,” she said.

She plans to start a door-to-door campaign next week.

Bernard joins Jarrud Dumas who announced his write-in candidacy earlier in the month. Dumas graduated from MVHS in 1997 and from Colby College in 2001 with a degree in government.

Bernard said those wishing to vote for her should write her name on line 2 of the ballot. Those wishing to vote for Dumas should write his name on line 1.

The two open seats for representatives from Mexico resulted from decisions by Courtney and Faye Prentiss not to seek second terms. Mexico has four SAD 43 board members. The remaining two are Chairwoman Betty Barrett and Peter Zanoni.

The primary elections take place June 10.

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